Peter Campus Locks Gallery El Viejo

El Viejo, 2004

DVD, looped digital video

Peter Campus Locks Gallery Divide

Divide, 2001

DVD, looped digital video

Peter Campus Locks Gallery Edge of the Ocean

Edge of the Ocean, 2003

DVD, looped digital video

Peter Campus Locks Gallery Time's Friction

time's friction, 2004

DVD, looped digital video

Peter Campus Locks Gallery Kathleen in Grey

Kathleen in Grey, 2004

DVD, looped digital video

Press Release

April 12, 2005, Philadelphia, PA – An installation of recent video works by pioneering digital media artist Peter Campus will be on view at Locks Gallery from May 6 to June 23, 2005. This will be the artist’s first exhibition at Locks Gallery. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, May 6, 2005 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.

A key figure in the history of video art, Peter Campus has consistently explored the fragmented subjectivity of the psychological self through works produced in a variety of digital media over the past three decades. For his premiere exhibition at Locks Gallery, the artist has fashioned an intimate installation of eight looped digital videos, projected at modest scale on the gallery walls and viewed on flat-screen LCD monitors. These video vignettes, each only a few minutes in length, portray a series of fleeting and often poignant moments described by New York Times art critic, Roberta Smith as "visual haiku, dreamy little episodes accompanied by music." A child plays in slow-motion on a solarized green beach, a tern glides through an impossibly blue sky, an old man walks a path beside a pink house – these images are presented side-by-side in an installation that subtly calls attention to the subjective meanings derived from the visual correspondence between works as well as the aural montage created by their overlapping soundtracks.

With a background in commercial television production, Peter Campus began showing his earliest video works in 1971. The artist has been included in multiple Whitney Biennials, beginning in 1973 and most recently in 2002. Museum collections include MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center and Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris.

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